Alex Pines is a graphic designer and design educator living in Los Angeles, California. He is partner and design director at Studio Rubric and assistant professor of Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design. Previously, he worked as a graphic and interactive designer at various institutions, agencies, and technology companies such as the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), AppDirect, and Housing Works.

His interests include 80’s youth subcultures, design for social change, and technology. His work has been included in various design magazines and publications including IDEA Magazine, HOW Magazine, Communication Arts, I-D, and PRINT Magazine. Alex studied at George Washington University's Corcoran School of Art & Design, received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).

06.07.19Culture Abuse

Culture Abuse


Culture Abuse, Los Angeles, Photos

06.03.19Culver City, CA

Culver City, CA


Culver City, Photos

05.28.19New York City, NY

New York City, NY


New York City, Photos

05.19.19Washington, DC

Washington, DC


Washington DC, Photos

05.15.19Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA


Los Angeles, Photos

05.11.19Weekly Bullets

Weekly Bullets



"Cyberspace. A consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation, by children being taught mathematical concepts...A graphical representation of data abstracted from the banks of every computer in the human system. Unthinkable complexity. Lines of light ranged in the non-space of the mind, clusters and constellations of data. Like city lights, receding..."

The Rise and Fall of Internet Art Communities

Algorithms steer us back to similar content in echo chambers that inhibit both critical and creative thinking. Platforms incentivized to keep users scrolling discourage long-looking and render users as passive consumers, rather than active seekers of inspiration.

The new digital divide is between people who opt out of algorithms and people who don’t

Weekly Update

05.05.19Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN


Memphis, Photos

05.03.19Memphis, TN

Memphis, TN


Memphis, Photos

04.29.19Silver Lake, CA

Silver Lake, CA


Neutra VDL

04.24.19Currently Reading

Currently Reading


Currently Reading

Learning About Learning About What We Want to be Learning

Jenn Schiffer ruminates on how learning new technologies is as difficult for experienced developers as it is for beginners. She asks Twitter three, pointed and straightforward questions, "Why do we want to learn these things?", "What is stopping us?", and "What can we do to help facilitate web tool learning?" Questions that I want to start incorporating in my teaching practice.

What I'm listening to this week

Henry and Heidi Podcast: Skip Groff

Henry Rollins and Heidi May look back at the influence Skip Groff had on the DC punk and hardcore scene. Skip's Yesterday & Today record store in Rockville was the hub for the DC hardcore scene from the early '80s till it closed in 2002. By the time I began buying vinyl records, Skip had moved his endeavor online where I'd come across his vast inventory on eBay.